There are over 5,000 jumping spider species worldwide. They are so named for their ability to jump tethered by a silk lifeline. They have eight eyes characteristically spread out over their head for excellent stereoscopic, telescopic, and wide vision. Some species have colorful patterns that aid in camouflage. Males are generally more colorful for visual courtship.
Hunts by jumping on prey. Weaves tent-like webs for shelter. Appears curious and does not flee immediately when approached. Males perform a complex courtship dance to attract a female.
Jumping spiders feed on insects. Some species feed on nectar or vegetation.
Widespread in diverse habitats including deserts.